Operation Tasty Bird

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by CoopDeViIIe, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. CoopDeViIIe

    CoopDeViIIe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The purpose of this thread is to chronicle my experience as a first time attempt at raising meat birds. I have a layer flock but have never raised a meat bird before. I am also working out of a small backyard setting, not a farm.

    I ordered 50 Cornish X chicks from Schlecht hatchery in early Feb. with a delivery on March 6th. After shipping it came out to about $1.50 a chick. I split the order with some other locals, keeping 20 for myself.

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    All 50 arrived healthy and active with no problems.

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    They all went into a homemade brooder where I put them on fermented starter/grower and water with ACV from a nipple waterer.

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    They love the FF, and jockey for position on the feeder. They eat ALOT.

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    I was worried they wouldn't figure out the water nipples, but they took to it right away without any problems.

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    I picked a chick at random for the 1 week old photo. Some have a few more feathers than others, but not many. All are still healthy and eating well.
     
  2. Good for you. I like raising cornish X's because they grow so fast. Dinner is only a month away for ya. 20 birds is a lot of butchering though.

    Wish you the best.
     
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  3. katbriar

    katbriar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since all the advice is to dip the chick's beak in the water dish, how did you successfully introduce the chicks to the nipple waterer?

    That's great they had no problems with it.
     
  4. CoopDeViIIe

    CoopDeViIIe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just showed them how it worked for a few mins by playing with it and dripping water down. Once one got curious and tried it, they all figured it out.
     
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  5. CoopDeViIIe

    CoopDeViIIe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Brooder cleaning time. I have to clean out the brooder about every 3 days. They are very messy and can destroy bedding in no time.

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    They go crazy when I fill up the feed tray.

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    Two week old photo. I put a waterer in the photo for size reference and comparison.
     
  6. hangartnerchix

    hangartnerchix Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi CoopDeVille,
    I'm raising meat birds for the first time, too! I got 25 (+ a bonus chick) 4 days ago from McMurray. I was grateful to see your postings, because you are 10 days ahead of me, and I'm hoping to learn from you as I go along. Love the pictures! My chicks all arrived healthy and active as well. I've been surprised at how vigorous the Cornish Xs are. The bonus chick is some sort of miscellaneous "rare" breed, and that little thing is half the size of the others! The Xs also seem much hardier. They are so far very physically able (stable, alert, coordinated) in comparison to the bonus chick.

    I grew up in a family that butchered chickens, and I helped process as a child and teen. However, I never did the actual killing myself. I'm a little nervous for that part. I know I can do it, but I want to do it well so the chickens are killed as humanely as possible. Are you nervous about butchering?
     
  7. CoopDeViIIe

    CoopDeViIIe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have no idea how to butcher myself, so I am getting someone to help me. At least in the beginning until I learn more. The most I ever cut up was a catfish. I am going to give my Cornish another week, then prob move them to a tractor if the weather is nice.
     
  8. Hummingbird Hollow

    Hummingbird Hollow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just had to comment. Most of us try to avoid butchering ourselves. [​IMG]
     
  9. Elke Beck

    Elke Beck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That has always been my objective, but I have the scars to prove I have not always avoided butchering myself!
     
  10. CoopDeViIIe

    CoopDeViIIe Chillin' With My Peeps

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